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They say you can't please all of the
people all of the time, but institutional
buildings have to do just that.
Everyone from staff members to
end users and the wider community have a say
in the design of institutional facilities, and it's
a clever architect who ticks all
Designing a successful
institution -- one that works
and aesthetically -- comes
down to two main areas:
consultation and planning.
From there, attention
to key issues such as
sustainability and design
flexibility all play a part in
creating an iconic structure
that will fulfill its role and
delight its users.
CONSULTATION AND PLANNING
"Achieving consensus agreement across diverse
stakeholder groups, often with different and
sometimes opposing agendas, is a challenge,"
admits Ken Anderson, senior associate at
"Building trust and relationships is an essential
first step in the process along with strong
negotiating skills and an ability to mediate among
the constituencies and get everyone to believe the
design is theirs, while maintaining a high degree
of architectural integrity."
Silver omas Hanley's Rod Mollett agrees,
believing the most important
factors in developing design
concepts for institutional
buildings are the development
of a comprehensive project
brief and consultation.
"We adopt an extensive
program of client/user
group meetings and public
consultations to flesh out the
the aspirations and
expectations and long-term
objectives," Rod says. "We
then analyse the information
gathered, review against budget and begin the
process of melding the two."
"Good communication is one of the most
powerful tools in the design process," Hames
Sharley director James Edwards adds. "Engaging
people and giving them the opportunity to be
involved in the process makes all the difference."
It may seem obvious, but without meticulous
From schools and universities to hospitals and libraries, as far as buildings go, WA's
institutions have more criteria to meet than most. Lisa Amphlett looks at the institutional
design process, which, in many cases, is required to "achieve the impossible" and make these
buildings all things to all people.
Rockingham General Hospital images (left and right) courtesy of Hames Sharley, photography Adrian Lambert, Acorn Photo Agency
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